ANDERSON – Two potential development projects in the city are awaiting a final rezoning approval by the Anderson City Council.
The City Council scheduled a special meeting for 5 p.m. Thursday, May 27, to consider the rezoning request for property on the northwest corner of 32nd Street and Scatterfield Road and the former Elks Lodge, 1803 Broadway.
The council passed through two of the three required readings on May 8 a rezoning request of 3.8 acres along Scatterfield Road from Industrial-2 to Industrial-1 at the request of Paddy Jamerson and Ja-My LLC. The new development will take place next to the AutoWorld dealerships currently under construction.
Greg Winkler, director of the Anderson Economic Development Department, said the intent is to construct a three-story medical facility.
There was speculation that the Community Health Network was considering the site for a new home for MedCheck Anderson.
“I have not seen the plans,” Winkler said. “This is something other than an emergency medical center.”
The council also approved through two readings an ordinance to rezone the former Elks Lodge building from residential to industrial for a banquet hall and catering service.
The Anderson Plan Commission in April approved the rezoning after there were no objections from surrounding property owners.
Dave Wilbur, senior zoning administrator, said the residential zoning permitted the Elks, a fraternal organization, to operate there for more than 50 years, but not a private business.
The parking lot is already zoned for industrial use, Wilbur said.
James Sargent said he and Nettie Cox want to have a banquet and catering service, to be named Reflections, at the site. Sargent said their purchase offer was contingent on the rezoning and financing.
“We want to keep a business in North Anderson,” Sargent said.
After some remodeling, Sargent said, the intent is to open Reflections by early August and cater wedding receptions, office parties, birthday parties and class reunions.
The Elks Lodge 209 moved to the Broadway location in 1962 and closed earlier this year because of a decline in membership.
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Special meeting What: City Council When: 5 p.m. May 27 Where: City Hall, 120 E. Eighth St., Anderson Agenda: Rezoning of 3.8 acres on Scatterfield Road, and 1803 Broadway